kloudtrack® to Be Presented at Cloud/Gov 2016

Discussion of Critical Role of SaaS|Cloud in Providing Transparency, Compliance and Cost Savings

ANNAPOLIS, MD – February 14, 2016 – kloudtrack®, a (SaaS|Cloud) technology and solution services company, will be featured during the State and Local Case Studies presentation at the 10th annual Cloud/GOV 2016 conference from 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. on February 17, 2016 at The Westin in Washington, D.C. During the session, Sarah Djamshidi, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), America’s first business accelerator for government and homeland/national security initiatives, will discuss why CIC is currently evaluating kloudtrack® for its SaaS|Cloud initiative.

CIC is currently evaluating the kloudtrack® (SaaS|Cloud) platform from Kaulkin Information Systems (KIS) as its kloudfile and kloudflow integrated SaaS application modules allows stakeholders secure access to sensitive data anytime/anywhere. The platform also features built-in workflow/collaboration capabilities with transparency and audit-ability.

“Managing large amounts of data flow in an affordable and secure manner was a top priority for the CIC when it started looking for IT solutions to automate the deal-flow process and data archiving needs,” said Sarah Djamshidi, CIC Executive Director.

The kloudhub™ module, which facilitates full integration of data from any industry-standard data repository, will enable CIC to extend its existing IT systems to the Cloud for much less cost, time and resources than with traditional hardware and software offerings.

“The kloudtrack® case study presentation will provide valuable insight into how organizations can modernize IT ecosystems through cost-effective Cloud technology that easily integrates with existing legacy systems,” said Michael Binko, CEO of kloudtrack®. “Cloud technology frees vital resources and budget currently used to maintain redundant legacy systems by offering a secure, governed and compliant solution that increases functionality, transparency and efficiency within an organization. Anyone who cares about these issues should not miss the case study presentation.”

Cloud/GOV 2011 brings together IT purchasers from federal, state and local government, independent software vendors, system integrators and other influencers to address the government’s movement towards SaaS and Cloud Computing. For more information on the case study or to register for the Cloud/Gov conference, please visit http://siia.net. The conference is free to government IT purchasers with a valid Federal, State or Local ID.

About the Chesapeake Innovation Center

The Chesapeake Innovation Center (www.cic-tech.org) is America’s first business accelerator for government and homeland/national security initiatives. The CIC mission is:

  • To scout technology innovations and solutions (on a national scale) in the areas of national, homeland and cyber security that can bridge the newly identified capability gaps for our Government, Homeland Security and Intelligence Community partners. And
  • To accelerate the growth of small businesses and provide hands-on assistance to regional entrepreneurs to guide them towards specific capabilities/solutions that match our partner community, thus bringing technology innovations to the government market.

CIC has scouted, screened, vetted and presented more than 180 technology companies from across the nation for the CIC partners. In addition, CIC has provided assistance to more than 36 small businesses to date. CIC services include access to potential customers, partners, government agencies and system integrators, hands-on coaching and assistance from experts, market strategies, fundraising and other milestone oriented services to help emerging technology companies succeed in the market place.

About kloudtrack®

kloudtrack® offers simple, yet powerful and affordable, hosted Software-as-a-Service and Cloud (SaaS|Cloud) computing governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) technologies. kloudtrack® is one of the first technology and solution providers to address specific international, federal, state and industry-imposed regulatory compliance standards in SaaS|Cloud environments across multiple vertical industry sectors. This understanding and integration of GRC factors truly sets kloudtrack® technologies, solutions and intellectual property apart in the market.

kloudtrack® is a Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) portfolio-company and was recently selected by Microsoft® Corporation for its Startup Accelerator Program – an initiative that highlights companies developing unique and innovative technologies on Microsoft platforms.

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kloudtrack® CEO Moderates CIO Panel at Cloud/Gov 2017

Michael Binko Leads Discussion on Role of CyberSecurity and Cloud Computing in Government

ANNAPOLIS, MD – February 22, 2016 – kloudtrack®, a (Saas|Cloud) technology and solution services company, announces CEO, Michael Binko will moderate the Government CIO Panel at the 10th annual Cloud/GOV 2011 conference from 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. on February 17, 2016 at The Westin in Washington, D.C. The Government CIO panel will be one of many discussions taking place at the one-day conference, which brings together IT purchasers from federal, state and local government, independent software vendors, system integrators and other influencers to address the government’s movement towards Saas and Cloud Computing.

The panel, consisting of leading government chief information officers, will share their perspective on cloud computing in the government and what it means to each agency. The panel will address current and future procurement requirements for Cloud|Saas capabilities, primary goals and objectives for each agency’s cloud initiative and metrics for evaluating the return on investment.

“Government agencies have a real opportunity to tap into the power of the cloud to drive down costs and increase performance across government agencies,” said Michael Binko, CEO of kloudtrack®. “Migrating data to a secured, governed and compliant cloud platform can help CIO’s and other IT purchasers realize economic gains, reduce redundancy and increase productivity across an organization. I look forward to moderating a meaningful discussion of the role of cloud in government, especially among such an esteemed group of government leaders.”

Cloud|GOV’s Government CIO panelists includes Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission; Lawrence Gross, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Interior; Henry Sienkiewicz, Chief Information Officer, DISA; and Keith Trippie, Executive Director of Enterprise System Development, Department of Homeland Security.

For more information on the panel or to register for the Cloud/Gov conference, please visit http://siia.net/cloudgov/2011/. The conference is free to government IT purchasers with a valid Federal, State or Local ID.

About kloudtrack®
kloudtrack® offers simple, yet powerful and affordable, hosted Software-as-a-Service and Cloud (Saas|Cloud) computing governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) technologies. kloudtrack® is one of the first technology and solution providers to address specific international, federal, state and industry-imposed regulatory compliance standards in Saas|Cloud environments across multiple vertical industry sectors. This understanding and integration of GRC factors truly sets kloudtrack® technologies, solutions and intellectual property apart in the market.

kloudtrack® is a Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) portfolio-company and was recently selected by Microsoft® Corporation for its Startup Accelerator Program – an initiative that highlights companies developing unique and innovative technologies on Microsoft platforms.

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OnFebruary 10, 2016, posted in: Press Releases by

Kaulkin Information Systems® Announces New kloudtrack® Brand Identity

Corporate Name, Logo, Marketing Themes/Concepts, SaaS|Cloud Technology Name and Enhanced Web Site Also Unveiled

 

ANNAPOLIS and ROCKVILLE, MD –  kloudtrack® | Kaulkin Information Systems (KIS) today announced a broad overhaul of the company’s corporate and technology brand identities.

 

The company’s recognizable “Sniper-View” logo has been refined – see below – to incorporate a cloud-blue color that invokes the company’s expertise and technology leadership in the Software-as-a-Service and Cloud (SaaS|Cloud) computing categories. 

 

 

 

 

The new logo also recalibrates the tone and placement of the existing color palette in the Sniper-View logo to tie into a new marketing theme the company will be promoting that associates a single word with each of the four primary corporate colors (red, charcoal, green, blue) respectively. 

 

The marketing theme is:

 

 

stop | think | go | kloud

 

 

In tandem with the corporate logo and theme, the company is renaming and rebranding its company name and SaaS|Cloud technology platform.  Both the prior company name Kaulkin Information Systems and the prior product name KISTrack® will be changed to:

 

   

Additionally, the company announced four new marketing concepts.  The first two revolve around the company’s SaaS|Cloud technologies and solutions highlighting the company’s market niche of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) and core focus on simplicity in a challenging economy. 

 

These first two concepts are:

 

The Human Side of Compliance®

 

and

 

Simple | Powerful | Affordable®

 

 

The second two new marketing concepts concentrate on unique traits of the company’s kloudtrack® technology platform.  These traits include the ability to integrate with existing information technology (IT) assets and the ability to scale in deployment scope and size in a flexible manner – both critical differentiators in an economy that is requiring companies to “do more with less.”

 

These two concepts are:

 

The unCommon DataHub™

 

and

 

Start Small … and Scale™

 

 

Finally, today the company also formally unveils its new corporate Web site.  The primary enhancements of the site include tie-ins to the new corporate brand elements (colors, logo, themes, concepts) combined with more basic navigation and site structure.  The site is immediately accessible at:

 

www.kloudtrack.com

 

The prior domain name www.kistrack.com will remain active though it will re-direct visitors to the new www.kloudtrack.com domain automatically.

 

All elements of the new corporate brand were developed after consultation with kloudtrack® clients, partners and employees and were designed to be easier to use and better suited to digital and online use. 

“We think our new brand elements visually distinguish kloudtrack® in the same way that the quality and expertise of our people and technologies differentiate the experience of working with kloudtrack®,” said Michael P. Binko, president and CEO of kloudtrack®.  “Reinforced by the new visual elements is what the kloudtrack® team and brand really stand for — bringing technology | expertise | solutions to a wide variety of business challenges.  Beyond our capabilities and experience we want kloudtrack® to be known for building great relationships with customers and partners that help them realize long-term and meaningful value from their technology investments.”

 

About kloudtrack®

kloudtrack® is a technology and solution services company that offers simple, yet powerful and affordable, hosted Software-as-a-Service and Cloud (SaaS|Cloud) computing governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) technologies.  kloudtrack® is one of the first technology and solution providers to address specific international, federal, state and industry-imposed regulatory compliance standards in SaaS|Cloud environments across multiple vertical industry sectors.  This understanding and integration of GRC factors truly sets kloudtrack® technologies, solutions and intellectual property apart in the market. 

 

kloudtrack® is a Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) portfolio-company and was recently selected by Microsoft® Corporation for its Startup Accelerator Program – an initiative that highlights companies developing unique and innovative technologies on Microsoft platforms. 

 

For more information about KIS visit www.kloudtrack.com or for detailed kloudtrack® and Solution Services pricing information contact the company directly via telephone at (240) 499-3832 or via e-mail to jlevine@kloudtrack.com.

 

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kloudtrack® CEO MICHAEL BINKO ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR SIIA SOFTWARE DIVISION

Annapolis, MD and Washington DC (July 26, 2015) – kloudtrack®, a leader in SaaS|Cloud Computing technologies and solution services for Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), today confirmed that Michael P. Binko, kloudtrack® president/CEO, was elected to the Board of Directors for the Software Division of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).

Directors are nominated and elected to two-year terms based on votes by their peers from the SIIA member community.

SIIA’s Software Division Board of Directors is composed of executives from SIIA member companies who will help provide the software industry with leadership, advocacy and critical market information in the crucial months and years ahead. Officially joining as a member of SIIA’s Software Division Board of Directors, Binko will help develop and prioritize the Division’s initiatives and determine the projects, activities and events to be undertaken by SIIA.

Binko has been active as a speaker and delegate for many SIIA conferences including OnDemand, All About the Cloud and Cloud/Gov during which he organized and moderated a Summit of U.S. Federal Agency CIOs entitled Gain … A Clearer Perspective on Government Cloud Initiatives and Best-Practices.

“Mike adds to the deep talent and market expertise that is strongly represented in this year’s Board.  With the advancement of mobile apps, cloud computing and software-as-a-service, our industry is in the midst of a period of great innovation and transition. Mike’s rich experience and perspective will help SIIA lead the industry through this period of great innovation and transition.”

Rhianna Collier — vice president of the SIIA Software Division.

Previously, Binko has also served as a founding member of SIIA’s Government Liaison Committee working closely with government agency decision-makers on technology initiatives that impact governments at all levels – international, U.S. federal, state as well as local/municipal.

“SIIA is perhaps the most active industry association for software and related technology companies.  Whether the topic is public policy initiatives, intellectual property and licensing rights, innovation strategies or partnerships, SIIA is always out in front of industry issues and trends. We’ve found that leadership to be especially apparent in the fast-moving arena of cloud computing which we know quite intimately.”

Michael P. Binko — president and CEO, kloudtrack®

Binko joins executive peers on the Software Division Board from industry leading organizations including IBM, Dell, Oracle, Accenture, SafeNet, Novell, RedHat, Rackspace, Deloitte & Touche and others.

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About kloudtrack®
Headquartered in Annapolis, MD kloudtrack® is a Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing (SaaS|Cloud) company offering Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) technologies and solutions for business processes, data management and human interaction workflow.  kloudtrack®
integrates best-practice management with audit-trails that place a premium on monitoring users, data, transparency and collaborative processes as they relate to sensitive data assets.

kloudtrack® is one of the first technology and solution providers to address specific international, federal, state and industry-imposed regulatory compliance standards in SaaS|Cloud environments across multiple vertical industry sectors. This understanding and integration of GRC factors truly sets kloudtrack® technologies, solutions and intellectual property apart in the market.

kloudtrack® recently won the ICOY Best Information Technology Award which highlights disruptive innovation and technology leadership in the B2B sector. Learn more at www.kloudtrack.com or contact the company directly at 240-499-3832 or jlevine@kloudtrack.com.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit http://www.siia.net/.

Keywords:
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Brevard County (FL) “Holds Court” With Automated Document Management, Workflow and Secure Collaboration

Court Clerk’s Office Replaces Big Iron Software with kloudtrack® SaaS-Cloud Computing Solution – Transparency, Staff Productivity and ROI Results Take Center Stage

By Jan M. Levine, CFP Founder and Chief Technology Officer,  kloudtrack®

Brevard County, Florida, is utilizing the kloudtrack® platform for critical data management and workflow that requires transparency and auditability owing to the sensitive nature of the data being processed.

The system processes over 25,000 scanned court record pages per day into four separate systems that are located in two different geographic locations – for redundancy and availability of all images and metadata.

All applications and business processes relate directly to county revenue as court proceedings and related data correlate to fees and fines that constitute a primary lifeblood of county revenue.

Meaningful ROI Increases County Net Revenues

Return on Investment (ROI) includes staff productivity, higher margin revenue, total cost of ownership (TCO) as it relates to IT expenditures, flexibility in how users and administrators access the system and greater risk mitigation/compliance with various data and process management guidelines.

This large county was frustrated with their old mainframe‐based scanning and data collection system that had long ago outlived its value. The combination of their scanning and barcode reading systems, both integral to this operation, was producing far too many errors. This resulted in staff personnel needing to manually enter increasing amounts of data each day.

kloudtrack® entered into a development contract to enhance existing data capture capabilities to include automated barcode indexing, real‐time interaction with the county’s aging Informix databases as well as several customized features to enhance operations and streamline exceptions‐handling when barcodes or mainframe data was found to be incorrect.

Interacting With Existing Information Assets

Further demonstrating the power of the kloudtrack® kloudexchange™ the solution includes interacting with a highly specialized service provider who auto‐redacts sensitive information in real‐time. Based on certain codes, thousands of selected files are sent to this provider and then returned so that they can be processed and posted in kloudtrack®.

The kloudtrack® kloudcapture™ utility has resulted in over 99% of documents being automatically and properly indexed. The few documents that contain errors are handled in an elegant exceptions management system that requires only a few mouse clicks for instant corrections and validation.

kloudcapture™ can be linked to virtually any database or data management system.

Scalability & Predictable Costs

Predictable total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) are also two critical components that make SaaS a no‐brainer for State and Local government departmental usage.

To start, pricing models for SaaS‐Cloud computing typically have low points of entry and only increase as a company increases its use of the SaaS application. After signing on, SaaS‐Cloud offers better cost management, because there is no need to schedule an onsite update of users’ computers each time there is a security patch or other software update. With SaaS‐Cloud applications, edits to user profiles and upgrades to the applications are all completed automatically and remotely as a part of the service. This alone can mean a reduction in IT consulting expenses and can free up internal IT teams to concentrate on addressing other strategic needs.

In addition, the true TCO and ROI benefits shine through with the simple fact that hard‐costs of application server equipment and data center infrastructure are managed directly by the SaaS‐Cloud provider and not at risk if disaster strikes the place‐of‐business.

In short, there is little risk in testing the SaaS‐Cloud waters and managing deployments as well as the associated costs in a very scalable manner. Even though the story of SaaS‐Cloud is still in its early chapters, small and mid‐sized companies and government across a wide variety of industries are realizing that using SaaS‐Cloud technology – particularly for the purposes of disaster planning, recovery and business continuity – is decidedly in their best interest.

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OnJuly 26, 2015, posted in: Case Studies by

Collections Services: National Leader in Revenue Cycle Management for Hospitals

OUR CLIENT’S CHALLENGES

The confidential nature of patient billing records means our client has to be especially cognizant of privacy regulations, and this has been difficult with their process of handling multiple copies of paper files across multiple locations.

In addition, to efficiently coordinate the management of the accounts receivable function, they needed a streamlined process for securing paper files (i.e. correspondence to and from insurance companies, daily deposit receipts, daily remits, Explanation of Benefits statements (EOBs), patient registration forms, and copies of insurance cards and drivers licenses), and providing access to these files across a geographically dispersed region.

kloudtrack® SOLUTION

Rather than copying and mailing patient documents to our client, the hospitals scan and upload them to kloudtrack®. This greatly minimizes the possibility for lost paperwork and the possibility for unauthorized personnel to view private patient information (because fewer people are handling the documents), and it speeds the process of collection because time is not lost on mailing, copying and distributing documents. The administrators of each hospital also have access to the documents to help resolve issues almost instantly.

RESULTS

Our client has found kloudtrack®to be extremely effective in managing their own client relationships, and the hospitals are thrilled with the added benefit of secure file storage.

We are also working with this client to develop a sales channel model, as they are using kloudtrack® as a potential revenue stream; offering records storage service as a reseller to hospitals and hospital purchasing groups.

All of which results in COST & TIME SAVINGS and CLIENT SATISFACTION.

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OnJuly 25, 2015, posted in: Case Studies by

New State Initiative to Aid Entrepreneurs Part of National Effort

March 30, 2015; The Daily Record

By: Maria Zilberman, Business Writer

 

kloudtrack® president | CEO, Mike Binko, is Founder for Startup Maryland (www.startupmd.org)

COLLEGE PARK, MD — When entrepreneur support initiative Startup Maryland launches Friday, the organization will face some of the same challenges as the startups it is trying to help.

The organizers — all of whom are volunteers — have put in their time and even reached into their own pockets to get the group running. “Just like with any startup, focus is really critical,” said Dean Chang, Startup Maryland board member and director of Mtech Ventures, the University of Maryland’s initiative for delivering technology entrepreneurship education and fostering successful technology-based ventures. “Because if you have a limited number of people and a limited budget, you can’t spread it among 10 different initiatives, taking on 10 different 800-pound gorillas. You have a tough enough battle cut out for you taking on one 800-pound gorilla.”

The group won’t be taking on 10 initiatives, but it will try to tackle four key things:

Startup Maryland wants to serve as an umbrella organization for entrepreneurs and bring to light available resources, such as incubators or in-kind services, assist with access to capital, increase awareness and celebration of entrepreneurship, and establish corporate connections between startups and the large firms that may be able to use their technologies.

Startup Maryland is part of the Startup America Partnership, a private organization whose January 2011 creation was spurred by President Barack Obama’s initiative to create more jobs and stimulate the economy. Startup Virginia and Startup D.C. launched in January.

Though the group officially kicks off Friday with a celebration at the University of Maryland, College Park, the region has already had some presence in Startup activities:

Working with Startup D.C. and Startup Virginia, the three regions organized a job fair for startups and students on March 5 at George Washington University.  “It would have been a good event anyways, and we would have done it anyways, but it was made even better,” Chang said. “When people saw [it was a Startup America Partnership event], you instantly know it’s not somebody trying to self promote and someone trying to get something out of it. You know it’s by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.”

That’s been the mentality of the organizers from the start. Many of them heard about and joined the effort through previous entrepreneurial connections and involvement.  The group held two town hall meetings, both of which drew more than 100 people, to identify in which areas Marylanders wanted help.

Four-fold focus

From those meetings, the four-fold focus emerged. “It really has been left up to the regions to determine what is best for your community.   In our situation, we want the entrepreneurs to guide us,” said Startup Maryland board member Michael Binko, who is also the president and CEO of Annapolis-based cloud computing firm, kloudtrack.

Before joining kloudtrack, Binko founded early-stage equity and venture capital firm Gemini Venture Partners LLP, in which he remains a managing partner. His startup experience goes back to 1998, when he co-founded Virginia-based venture accelerator, LaunchFuel Inc. “I’m CEO of a startup cybersecurity company. We need support and assistance. We’ve gotten good value from the incubator community we’ve gotten involved with,” Binko said. “I was very aware of that community, but it’s clear that a lot of entrepreneurs don’t know where to start.”

Some Maryland companies, such as Columbia-based energy solutions firm, greeNEWit, have already felt the positive effects of the region’s Startup. The company, which was started in 2008, has three founders and 30 employees.

Jason Jannati, one of the speakers at the launch and a co-founder of greeNEWit, said his firm heard about the initiative through The Case Foundation, one of the founding sponsors of Startup America. When Maryland’s regional affiliate started to mobilize, board member Julie Lenzer Kirk approached Jannati’s company about getting involved.

“We have been given some tremendous introductions,” said Jannati, noting the opportunity to meet Startup America CEO and Priceline’s founding chief technology officer, Scott Case.

“The people involved are all people that have had experience doing startups. It’s not bureaucrats talking about ways to help companies,” Jannati said. “It’s hands-on people who are motivated because they have been in the shoes of the people they are trying to help.”

18 Regions

Though Startup regions — there are 18 — aim to support young, high-growth companies, the goal isn’t to replicate one state’s success in another place, and it’s possible that not every state will end up launching a regional effort, said Donna Harris, managing director of Startup regions and one of the speakers scheduled for the kickoff event.

Rather than trying to figure out “How do we take Maryland and turn it into Silicon Valley?” the focus of the organization is to figure out “How do we take Maryland, and take that ecosystem to an entirely new level so that there are amazing high growth companies coming out of Maryland at a pace that people never thought was possible?”  Harris said.

Marylanders are coming out in droves to support the region’s Startup: 280 people registered for Friday’s event, and the waitlist exceeded 100. The launch will be shown online and more than 20 incubators, as well as universities and economic development office are hosting “viewing parties,” Binko said.

The outpouring of interest speaks to the need, said Kirk, the Startup Maryland board member and director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.  Kirk, who founded a software company in 1995, cashed out in 2005, and began mentoring and advising other entrepreneurs.

“I think there’s just been a lack of energy around entrepreneurship at the statewide level,” she said, adding that though there are “great pockets of energy” all over the state, the synergy hasn’t been there.  “University of Maryland has some incredible programs, they’ve got great energy here, but can you feel this energy in Garret County, in Baltimore? Baltimore has its own energy, Baltimore has incredible programs going on, but can you feel that in Howard County? Can you feel that in Cecil County? No, you can’t. You look at it and it’s like, ‘Wow, we’ve got these great pockets of brilliance. What are we going to do when we bring all of this together?’” Kirk said.

Volunteer Board

Though Startup America has a full-time staff and sponsors that include The Case Foundation and The Kauffman Foundation, Maryland’s group is powered by a volunteer-based board of individuals who have even picked up costs where necessary, Binko said.

The group has defrayed some of its costs through in-kind services, as well as through the support of its first paid sponsor, Chicago-based commercial real estate company, Jones Lang LaSalle, which is also a partner of the national organization.

Though it may be challenging to bring together resources that fit the needs of both biomedical and information technology startups, which dominate the state, startups share many of the same challenges, said Sheree Wysocki, director of business development for the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and former director of business development for the MdBio division of the Tech council of Maryland.

“It wouldn’t be productive to further divide the tech and biotech communities … they do have some different needs, but they also have some overlapping needs,” said Wysocki, who is hoping the initiative will connect students to external projects, allowing them to apply entrepreneurial skills they learn in the classroom.  Wysocki, who is planning to attend the launch, said the initiative needs to maintain a holistic approach to the state and be wary of economic development desires of individual parts.

“Every county wants [a company] to start up in their county,” she said. “That kind of sets up sort of a territorial approach to things.”  While the group does not make grants, it can be a springboard for entrepreneurs looking for guidance and resources, Binko said.

The first step is to register online with Startup America, and interested companies need to fit one of three frameworks: a for-profit startup company with a least two founders or employees, founded since 2006, a for-profit “rampup,” a company that has started to hire, expanded to office space and been selected to join an accelerator, or a forprofit “speedup,” a company that has seen a spike in revenue, increased hiring and received at least one round of venture capital funding. Both “rampups” and “speedups” need to have at least six founders or employees and be founded since 2001.

Though there’s no cost to be a member, companies are screened to make sure they fit the criteria and have the intention to grow their firms. Once a company is vetted and approved, it will have access to resources behind the firewall, some of which —like how to prepare for an initial public offering — don’t fit the needs of small businesses that aren’t looking to grow, Harris said. “The content they’re going to get, the resource that are available to them, they’re geared toward [growing] your company,” she said.

Plank’s Support

Just like Kevin Plank did. Plank, founder and CEO of Maryland-based startup success Under Armor, has thrown his support behind the organization. A founding board member of Startup America, Plank will present to the Startup Maryland organizers a Maryland Pride helmet — the state flag-adorned helmet designed by his company and worn by the University of Maryland’s football team.

The helmet will serve as one of two talismans for Startup Maryland and will be present at the organization’s future events.  Wanting equal representation for the female entrepreneurs in the state, the organizers also reached out to the Charm City Roller Girls, who will “crash” the event, skating in to present their own flag-bearing helmet. In addition to serving as visible icons of the organization, the helmets play into one of the themes of the launch: “Entrepreneurship is a full-contact sport.”

Almost 900 people have expressed interest in Startup Maryland, said Binko, with the breakdown falling 55 percent to entrepreneurs and 45 percent to supporters.  Startup America has harnessed more than $1.2 billion in commitments from more than 70 partners, who are offering resources, including free or reduced cost services, to member businesses.

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OnApril 18, 2015, posted in: Recent Articles by

kloudtrack® Announces Version 6.0 of SaaS|Cloud Technology and New kloudcapture™ Module

ROCKVILLE, MD and ANNAPOLIS, MD – March 23, 2015 – kloudtrack®
a leading provider of software-as-a-service and cloud-computing (SaaS|Cloud)
technologies, today announced general availability of Version 6.0 of the company’s
kloudtrack®technology platform.

The company’s flagship product offering kloudtrack integrates multiple SaaS
application “modules,” delivered via a cloud computing architecture, that are designed
to address the business process, data management, compliance and risk mitigation
needs of businesses particularly in heavily-regulated and risk-sensitive industries.
These industry sectors include Financial Services (securities, banking/insurance, capital
markets), Government (federal, state, local/municipal), Healthcare/Medical/Pharma and
others.

Beyond simple productivity, data management and compliance, the enhanced kloudtrack® Version 6.0 also incorporates enhancements for business process management (BPM), workflow, detailed dash-boarding/reporting, integration with legacy data systems and sophisticated archive/retrieval functions.

As a key component of the Version 6.0 launch, kloudtrack® is also announcing general availability of its newest application module – kloudcapture™.

kloudcapture incorporates the industry-driving LEADTOOLS platform from LEAD
Technologies Inc. related to document imaging, high volume scanning, barcoding,
redaction and rich optical character recognition (OCR). kloudtrack is one of the first companies
to bring LEADTOOLS capabilities to the SaaS|Cloud arena.

This utilization of the LEADTOOLS platform allows kloudtrack® to become a preferred provider for
SaaS|Cloud-based data management and workflow situations that involve large amounts of data while also interacting with legacy enterprise data systems such as IBM, SAP, Oracle, Computer Associates, HP, Microsoft, Siebel, Sybase, SAS and many others. The resulting output of kloudcapture becomes sets of Dynamically Routed™ data that can initiate unlimited flows of work bridging legacy data systems to the cloud.

“As one of the original SaaS providers in compliance-centric sectors we are fortunate
to have customer relationships that are several years mature,” stated Michael P. Binko,
president and CEO of kloudtrack®. “Enhancements to Version 6.0 were
driven directly by customer feedback across all three of our primary industry sectors –
Financial Services, Healthcare/Medical/Pharma and Government.”

In fact, the LEADTOOLS integration and kloudcapture module were developed in
response to a county government customer in Florida. The CIO and IT team were
looking for a way to extend their existing IBM®-Informix® platform into the cloud for more affordable and transparent data management and workflow.

With a significant investment already at work in the IBM-Informix technology, the county needed to be sensitive to depreciation schedules and other existing systems that could not necessarily “turn on a dime.” With kloudtrack® kloudfile, kloudflow and kloudcapture the county was able to keep good IT assets in place while extending the data into new directions of compliance, transparency, audit-driven workflow and staff productivity using kloudtrack.

“The result for the Florida County is a hybrid traditional enterprise and SaaS|Cloud data
system that has allowed the county to pursue new directions with their data at a fraction of historical costs. This new level of return on investment (ROI) has been a critical factor in our success in extending old-guard data systems into the Cloud,” continued Binko.

About LEAD Technologies
Since 1990, LEAD Technologies, Inc. has been a global leader in the imaging developer
toolkit market, providing programmers with feature-rich tools to “image-enable” their
software applications. LEAD Technologies pioneered the fastest software-only image
compression and continues to lead the field in advancing new imaging technologies and
offering those technologies to programmers worldwide.

About kloudtrack®
kloudtrack® is a technology and solution services company that offers
simple, yet powerful and affordable, hosted Software-as-a-Service and Cloud (SaaS|
Cloud) computing governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) technologies.
kloudtrack® is one of the first technology and solution providers to address specific international, federal, state and industry-imposed regulatory compliance standards in SaaS|Cloud environments across multiple vertical industry sectors. This understanding and integration of GRC factors truly sets kloudtrack technologies, solutions and intellectual property apart in the market.

kloudtrack® is a Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) portfolio-company and was recently
selected by Microsoft® Corporation for its Startup Accelerator Program – an initiative
that highlights companies developing unique and innovative technologies on Microsoft
platforms.

For more information about kloudtrack® visit www.kloudtrack.com or for detailed kloudtrack® and Solution Services pricing information, contact  via telephone at (240) 499-3832 or via e-mail to jlevine@kloudtrack.com or sales@kloudtrack.com.

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kloudtrack® Announced as Finalist for CRTC Tech Awards

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 22, 2015) – - - kloudtrack® www.kloudtrack.com a Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) portfolio company, is a CRTC
Innovator Award finalist for 2015. The winners will be announced on March 25 at the
Chesapeake Regional Tech council’s TechAwards event (www.chesapeaketech.org/
techawards).

“It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist for this prestigious regional award program
and to be considered among the top innovators for 2010,” said Michael Binko, president
and CEO of kloudtrack®

The new kloudtrack® TrackHealth™ platform was recently created unveiled in response to the
U.S. health care industry’s effort to switch toenhance electronic health records (EHRs)
with better compliance and transparency capabilities. These enhanced Ccompliance,
regulatory and risk factors emerging within the healthcare/medical community are
similar to requirements for the industries upon which kloudtrack® was already focused –
including Financial Services and Government. TrackHealth is a specialized version
of the company’s kloudtrack® SaaS|Cloud computing platform that allows medical
stakeholders to more actively share data, monitor critical decisions and manage electronic
health records EHRs at all stages of a patient’s care.

TrackHealth achieved Preliminary ARRA 2011 certification by the Certification
Commission for Health Information Technology in December 2009. kloudtrack® is was one of
the first four companies to receive Preliminary ARRA 2011 certification.

kloudtrack® is a fine example of the energetic innovators
associated with the CIC,” said Sarah Djamshidi, CIC Executive Director. “I am proud of
their continued growth and I will be at the TechAwards event to cheer them on.”

About the Chesapeake Innovation Center
The Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), www.cic-tech.org, is America’s first business
accelerator for government, homeland, national, and cyber security initiatives. The CIC
mission is:

  • To scout technology innovations and solutions (on a national scale) in the areas of national, homeland and cyber security that can bridge the newly identified capability gaps for our Government, Homeland Security and Intelligence Community partners. And
  • To accelerate the growth of small businesses and provide hands-on assistance to regional entrepreneurs to guide them towards specific capabilities/solutions that match our partner community, thus bringing technology innovations to the government market.

CIC has scouted, screened, vetted and presented more than 150 technology companies
from across the nation for the CIC partners. In addition, CIC has provided assistance
to more than 36 small businesses to date. CIC services include access to potential
customers, partners, government agencies and system integrators, hands-on coaching
and assistance from experts, market strategies, fundraising and other milestone
oriented services to help emerging technology companies succeed in the market place.

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kloudtrack® Announces Version 8.0, FedRAMP Roadmapping and ikloud™ Mobility Support for Devices Including Apple® iPad®

New Features Include Streamlined User Interface, Mobile Platform Support and Enhancements for Data and Process Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)

 

Washington DC (February 16, 2015) – kloudtrack® – a leader in SaaS | Cloud Computing technologies and solution services for Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) – today announced Version 8.0 of the company’s kloudtrack® technology suite as well as a FedRAMP Roadmapping℠ initiative and its new ikloud™ platform which offers accessibility to kloudtrack® via mobile devices particularly the Apple® iPad®.

 

The company’s flagship product offering kloudtrack® integrates multiple application “modules,” delivered via a sophisticated Cloud 2.0™ computing architecture, that are designed to address the business process, data management, legacy-to-cloud migration and GRC needs of businesses and organizations in a wide array of industries.

 

These industry sectors include Financial Services (securities, banking/insurance, capital markets), Government (federal, state, local/municipal), Healthcare/Medical, Pharma/Life Sciences and others.

 

Beyond simple user productivity, data management and collaboration, kloudtrack®  Version 8.0 now incorporates enhancements for GRC, a simplified user interface, legacy platform migration/integration, richer reporting/analytics and, now, support for mobile devices including the Apple iPad.

 

In tandem with the Version 8.0 enhancements, kloudtrack® is also announcing its FedRAMP Roadmapping initiative. This program assures government agencies that when they deploy kloudtrack® with interest in attaining FedRAMP approval for the system, kloudtrack®  will commit to ensuring that their kloudtrack® deployment will conform to FedRAMP guidelines as outlined in the recent FedRAMP CONOPS documentation released by GSA.

 

“In just over a year the U.S. Federal Government particularly has mobilized considerable resources and opened numerous avenues to assist agencies in adopting cloud computing,” stated Michael P. Binko, president|CEO of kloudtrack®. Whether migrating to the cloud from legacy IT platforms, considering security factors in choosing public, private, hybrid or community/federated cloud environments, or leveraging cost savings of cloud, CIOs and other IT decision-makers across numerous industries are quickly realizing the value of cloud.  As vendors we need to also understand that the greatest gains related to cloud computing are realized when it is approached as an ecosystem.”

 

For more information on the Version 8.0, ikloud™ or FedRAMP Roadmapping℠, please visit http://www.kloudtrack.com.

 

kloudtrack® is an active and recognized leader in government navigation to cloud computing.   Since 2010, kloudtrack® executives have contributed directly via initiatives led by SIIA and NIST.  In fact, founder/CTO Jan Levine was asked by NIST to lead the Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (RA) straw-man Working Group and Binko serves on the NIST Use Case Scenarios working group.  More recently, kloudtrack®  was also invited to join Cisco® in mapping the kloudtrack®  platform to the newly unveiled RA during the NIST Cloud Computing Workshop in November.

 

Combining these efforts with more than 10 years of cloud-based GRC expertise in commercial sectors, the kloudtrack®  team is intimately familiar with emerging initiatives such as FedRAMP and SAJACC and is poised to assist SI partners and their agency customers migrate to the cloud in a measured way — Start Small, and Scale®.

 

At this time, kloudtrack®  is seeking solutions-oriented partners to jointly map sophisticated Cloud 2.0™ offerings to existing task orders and new government procurements.

 

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About kloudtrack®

Headquartered in Annapolis, MD kloudtrack® is a Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing (SaaS|Cloud) company offering Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) technologies and solutions for Business Processes, Data Management and Human Interaction workflow.  kloudtrack® integrates best-practices management with audit-trails that place a premium on monitoring users, data, transparency and collaborative processes as they relate to sensitive data assets.

 

kloudtrack® is one of the first technology and solution providers to address specific international, federal, state and industry-imposed regulatory compliance standards in SaaS|Cloud environments across multiple vertical industry sectors.  This understanding and integration of GRC factors truly sets kloudtrack®  technologies, solutions and intellectual property apart in the market.

 

Learn more at www.kloudtrack.com or contact the company directly at 240-499-3832 or jlevine@kloudtrack.com.

 

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